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App of the Week: One-stop communication tool for parents and schools

December 21st, 2015

Ed. note: App of the Week picks are now being curated with help from Common Sense Graphite. To read the full app review, click here.
 parentsquare-app

What’s It Like? ParentSquare aims to improve communication, organization, and engagement between parents and schools. Parents can access posts, events, photos, files, and a directory on the site. School administrators and teachers can post polls and use two-way messaging via the Web, email, and text messages. For a fee, users can send voice messages via text to parents. In the posts, administrators can see how many parents viewed the post, ask for items, request volunteers, get RSVPs, or even fundraise. Events are integrated right into the school calendar.

Graphite Rating: 4/5

Price: Varies by need

Grades: K-12

Pros: An entire school community can use this tool for communication and engagement.

Cons: Although it touts a one-stop communication tool, there is no online gradebook, which would be a great addition.

Bottom line: A cool way to help schools streamline communication among administrators, teachers, and parents.

About the Author:

Stephen Noonoo

Stephen Noonoo is a former editor of eSchool News. He has served as a consultant for CUE, California’s ISTE affiliate, and as managing editor of its quarterly publication, OnCUE. He has worked as a freelance writer, an education editor for SmartBrief newsletters, and as a staff editor for a well-known publication focusing on education technology.